More Midwinter Miscellany

American Libraries Associate Editor Greg Landgraf and I will be blogging the daylights out of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, beginning tomorrow, January 23. In addition, Senior Editor George Eberhart will be producing next week's issue of American Libraries Direct during the conference, to bring you a roundup next Wednesday of the latest happenings in Denver and everywhere in Libraryland. Associate Editor Pam Goodes will be covering the ALA Executive Board and Council meetings. Stop and see us or leave messages for us in the ALA Offices.

Midwinter Miscellany

With the start of Midwinter imminent, I've got a few related announcements and hopefully amusing oddments to share:

If You're Gonna Be in Denver This Week and Next . . . .

. . . . I'm sure you'd like to find interesting things to do and see while you're there! Look first on the ALA Midwinter Wiki (located on the ALA Wiki page)—and add to it, especially if you live in Denver or otherwise know the city well! If you can't make it to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, we'll miss you; but visit ALA’s Read Write Connect page.

An Intellectual Resource Essential to Economic Recovery

We received the text of his letter to the New York Times today from Jeffrey Scherer, board chair for Libraries for the Future in New York and architect at Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle in Minneapolis. Widely known for library design and a longtime champion for libraries, Scherer asked that we disseminate the letter, which, he hopes, will appear in the Times, should they in their wisdom decide to publish it.

ALA Provides a Toolkit and More to Help Library Advocates!

ALA has created a toolkit to help library supporters make the case for libraries in tough economic times. It's called Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit. Check it out! Spread the word!

Library Career Profile: Rob Vega, Reference Services Librarian

Rob Vega (Spectrum 2002) is Reference Services Librarian at Valparaiso University's Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources. He also teaches library instruction courses in a variety of fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, he is the library liaison to the Departments of Sociology, Social Work, and Communication.

What Do Library Students Want President Obama to Know?

By Kristin Murphy, Government Relations Specialist, American Library Association - Washington Office

In the 2008 Presidential Election,, President Obama received the highest share of the youth vote obtained by any candidate since exit polls began reporting results by age in 1976. In fact, young voters preferred President Obama over John McCain by 68% to 30%, according to Peter Levine, director of the Center for Information Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

Midwinter Event Planner Blues

In what has become something of a tradition, the Midwinter Event Planner has been opened... and widely panned on the ALA Council email list and several library blogs (What I Learned Today... and, as two examples).

ALA President Jim Rettig & Past President Carla Hayden on The Diane Rehm Show

The Role of Libraries in Economic Hard Times

Libraries today have become multimedia centers, offering not only books but DVDs, e-books and Internet access. They can also be an especially important community resource during times of economic hardship. A look at the future of libraries in a slowing economy. Click here to download a transcript or listen to the broadcast.

Midwinter Dining Guide

A quick alert: I've just posted Sherry Spitsnaugle's excellent Denver Dining Guide from AL's January-February issue on the Midwinter Wiki. It's one of four dining guides there, including one repurposed from Rocky Mountain SLA. Attendees, enjoy!


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